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near death in iraq, death from ms-13, so you evoke an emotionl atmosphere of survivship against hardship and malevolence and threat, and that's an emotional atmosphere designed to minimize compassion, to minimize hope and to shrink certa emotions and grow certain tough-minded ones. >> woodruff: the president making his way out of chamber,reeting members of congress. i wrote down the word "survival" toward the end. i wrote down "safety and security." i'm with david, i think if we go ndthrough the speech look at the amount of time the president spent on the economy and jobs, the issue he talkedbout obviously a lot on the campaign, but that americans are saying ey feel the best about, compared to the amount of time he spentn ms-13, i.c.e., border patrol, drug pushers and dealers, terrorists, guantana bay, rebuilding our nuclear
arsenal, north korea, i think that would outweigh the talk about jobs and the economy. and there was veryite -- there was a laundry list, there always is in these things -- very little specifics on infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs, reforming prisons. en trade we're in the middle of negotiating -- the u.s. is -- in the middle of negotiating nafta. no hints there about where we're going to go with a very big trade deal. >> woodruff: matt schlapp, what about what said about the tone of the speech not being -- >> well, amy wanted a longer speech because she wanted more details. (lauter) it was a plenty long speech. the tone, ire dis with david. i think these are american stories. these are stories that need to be told. like or don't like donald trump, his election surprised a lot of people because he was talking and connecting to people who en't always listened to.
ms-13, like amy was saying, i.c.e. and border patrol, so there was a lot of red meat i think he was throw together his base. then there was the fact checking you needed to do about coal, about african-american unemployment which he should not get credit for. the hurricane fema said it was cutting food and servicesic to puerto so there was a lot of that as well. >> woodruff: and you're right, i mean, there was a listing and all night we're seeing tweets of factual corrections. the president is leaving the house chamber. looks to me like clearout surprisingly quickly.h, >>ow! >> woodruff: we're used to seeing people stick around a little lonr. i just want to say we are going to be hearing in i think about five or ten minutes now from congressman joe kennedy give the democratic response. there's a countdown from the time the presidet walks out the door to the time we hearro
joe kennedy. >> i'll associate myself with and disassociate from david. (laughter) >> the hour must be late. no, let me say, i mean, were the facts wrong? sure. i mean, it was the lowest, slowest job growth in the last six years, 2017 was. i mean, yes, but i really do -- i do thi the bar is low, but donald trump showed a side of ichimself this evening he hasn't shown. i mean, he's been a divisive, personaling president, criticizing, not establishing relations with people. on the other side, many on his own side. he's driven two senators of his own party to retirement who disagree with him, bob corker and jeff flake. buat the same time, he did toght show a side that was
civil. >> yes, and i will say this, he spent less time talking about himself. >> the point i was going to make about the anecdote, he was not talking about donald trump all the time. >> woodruff: i wan to go to white house correspondent yamiche alcindor, there at the big white house. yamiche, you were listening to this. you had gotten a sense earlier tonty what the president to say, did that come across? >> i think it very much came across. the president essentially had a laundry list of ideas and goals that he wanted to communicate to the american people, chief among them immigration. the line that scks out to me is that americans are dreamers, too, for the base that will make them very happy. but with the people still struggling with immigration, it shows that he mit be pitting americans against immigrants. the other thing i thought about was the idea he was bringing into the chamber people who were affected by crime that was committed by immigrants. there is this idea that this
administration is being accused of using stereotypes, mainly that immigrants are both a drag on the sial safety net but also criminality, that they could be crimina, that that's something that people could take away from the speech. he did, however, hion topics that could be bipartisan. he talked about thepioid crisis. he talked about infrastructure. bu this is aeech that was written by so many different people with h.r. mcmaster and ohnphen miller and gary c weighing in that the president really just had to deliver what was in the teleprompter. he did not go off speech. i wasollowing along with the speech most the time and he did very little at-libbing. as something that the president was able to keep that in line. but he did clap msfor f a lot, so you could tell he was up there having a good time. >> woodruff: yeah, we were noticing .th yamiche, we're only a minute away from the democratic response, t quickly, the president made several calls to democrats to reach across the aisle. ishite house serious about
that? >> the white house says they are very serious about reaching across the aisle, but they also have very clear lines. they said the word "chain immigration" again, he said the word "chaint immigion." that's something that makes democrats very, very angry. they think families should have the right to be unitedbut he cast it as families as protecting nuclear families by ending families coming together from immigration. there is this idea tha he wants to work with the democrats but he wants to work on his terms. of course, t republicans control all the seats of government. they have the house, the senate sand the white houseworking with the democrats might turn into nyou need to s on and agree with what we have because we're the ones with the power. ch's hinting that mit mcconnell should change the rules of the senate to make it easier for republicans tos p legislation only for republicans, only supported by republicans. so that tells e that, even though the president wants to work with democrats, they also are ready to use a backup plan which would completely circumvent democrats.
e> woodruff: a so-ca filibuster rule. yamiche, we'll come back to you later. we are a few seconds away from rahearing the demic response. it's going to come from the third-term congressman from the state of massachusetts, he is joseph kennedy, 37 years old. he is the son of a former congressman joe ke, the grandson of an attorney the late robert f. kennedy robert fand,of course, great nef president john f. kennedy. there is a lot of conversation about who the democrat chosen. we'll get to hear him now, congressman joe kennedy. (cheers and applause) >> thank you. thank you. thank yo (cheers and applause) >> thank you, thank you, thank you. thank you. good evening, ladies and it is an absolute privilege to join you all tonight. we are here in fall river,
manachusetts, a proud ameri city. (cheers and applause) an american city built by immigrants. (cheers and applause) from textiles to robots a place that knows
how to make great things. (cheers and applause) the students are with us here this evening in the auto tech program at diman regional vocational technical school to carry on that rich legacy. (cheers and applause) like manymerican hometowns, fall river has faced its share of storms, but the people here
are tough. they fight forach other. they pull for theirity. it is a fitting place to gather, as our nation reflects on the state of our union. this is a difficult task. many have spent the last year anxious, angry, afraid we all feel the fractured fault lines across our country. we hear the voices oanf americ who are forgotten and feel forsaken. we see an economy that makes stock soar, investorortfolios bulge and corporate profits climb, but fails to give workers thir share of the reward, a government that struggles to keep itself open, russia knee-deep in our democracy, an
all-out war on environmental protection, a justice department rowing back civil rights by the day, hatred and supremy proudly marching in our sreets, bullets tearing through our classrooms, concerts and urcongregations, targeting safest sacred places, and this nagging, sinking feeling, no matter your political beliefs, that this is not right. this is not who we are. (applause) folks, it would be easy to dismiss thispast year's chaos,
as partisanship, as politics, but it's far, far bigger than that. this administration isn't just targeting the laws thatrotect us, they're targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection. for them, dignity isn't
something you're born with but something you measure by your net worth, your celebrity, your headlis, your crowd size, not to mention the gendr of your spouse, the country of your birth, the color of your skin, the god of your prayers. their record is rebuke to our highest american ideal, the belief that we are all worthy, that we are all equal, that we all count in the eyes of our law
and our leaders, our god and our government. that is the american prse. (cheers and applause) but today, laes and gentlemen, today that promise is being broken by an administration that nellously appraises our wort and decides who makes the cut and who can be bargained away. erey are turning american life into a-sum game where, for one to win, anoth must lose where we can guarantee america's
safety if we slash our safety net, where we can extend healthcare in mississippi if we gut it in massachusetts. ay can cut taxes for corporations tif we raise them on familroies tomor where we can take care of sick kids, if we sacrifice dreamers. we are bombarded with one false choice after another. coal miners or sickle moms? rural communities or inner cities? the coast or the heartland? as if the mechanic in pittsburgha teacher in tulsa, a daycare worker in birmingham are bitter rivals, rather than mutual casualties of a system forcefully rigged towards those at the top. as if the parent who lies awake terrified that their transgender son or daughter will be beate
and bullied at school is any more or less legitimate an a parent whose heart is staterred by a daugh oter in the gri an opioid addiction. so here is the answer that democrats offer tonight. we choose both. (cheers and applause) we fight for both because the greatest, strongest, richest nation in the world should not have to leave anyone behin (cheers and applause) we choose a better deal for all who call our country home.
we choose a living wage and the paid leave and affordable childcare your family needs to survive, pensions that are solvent, trade pacts that are fair, roads and bridges that won't rust away, a good rucation that you can affd.
we choose a healthcare system that offers you mercy, whether myou suffer f cancer or depressionr addiction. we choose an economy strong enough to boast recorstock prices and brave enough to admit that top c.e.o.s makinr 300 times thaverage worker is not right. (cheers and applause) we choose fall river. we choose the thousands of american communities whose roads aren't paved with power or
privilege, but with an honest effort, with good faith and the resolve to build somet fhing bett your kids. that is our story. began the day ou founding fathers and mothers set sail for a new world, fleeing oppression and tolerance. it continued with every word of our independence. the audacity to declare all men are created equal, an imperfect promise for a natin struggling to become a more perfect union. it grew with every suffrage eep, every freedom rider's voice and wiry weary soul we welcome to our shores and to all the dreamers out therei watching tht, let me be absolutely clear, ustedes son parte de nuestra historia. vamos a luch por ustedes y no nos
vamos alejar. you are part of our story.gh we will for you and we will not walk away. (cheers and applause) america, we carry that story on our shoulders. you swarmed to wasington last year to ensure that no parent has to worry if they can affod to save their child's life. you proudly marched together last weekend thousands deep onst thets of las vegas and philadelphia and nashville.
you sat high atop your mom's shoulders and held a sign that read "build a wl, and my generation will tear it down." (cheers and applause) you bravely say, me, too. you steadfastly say, "black lives matter." you wade through flood waters, battle hurricanes, brave wildfires and mudsides to save a stranger. you battle your own quiet battles every single day. you drag your weary bodies to that extra shift so that your familieswon't feel the sting of scarcity. you leave loved ones at home toe
nd our country overseas, patrol oureighborhoods at night. you serve, you rescue, youelp, you heal. that, more than any law or leader, debate or disagreement, that is what drives us towads progress. bullies may land a punch, th may leave a mark, but they have never, not once in the history of our united states, managed to match the ofrength and spiri a people united in defense of their future. politicians -- (applause) politicians can be cheered for thpromises they make. our country will be judged by the promises we keep.
(cheers and applause) that is the measure of our character. that is who we are. at of many, one. ladladies and gentlemen, have faith. have faith. the state of our union is hopeful, resilient and enduring. (applause) d bless you. god bless your families. and may god bless the united states of america. thank you. (cheers and plause) >> woodruff: third-term democratic cgressman joe kennedy speaking from a macational training school in fall riverachusetts in his congressional district, lifting al a democratic vision of fairness andng out president trump and his
administration for what he called a zero-sum game appro let's go quickly to our lisa desjardins at the capitol. lisa, how are they reacting to the president's speech and this. >> speaking of a few members of congress, you're right, judy, got out of the chamb quickly. members of both party used a single word, and it was interesting, it wass "dued." talking to a republican, he said that was a good thing, and talking to a democrat, they said they're not sure what iteans. i can tell you it wasn't just the president's speech that was subdued. the atmosphere in general is a much lower energy quality to it than the state of the unions i've seen in the past. i don't know if that has to do with the dynamics floating around the capitol but it's something i've certainly noticed tonight's. >> woodruff: well, lisa, i know you have been talkingero meof congress and we will ce putting that on line for our viewers to w. mark shields, david brooks, we've got about a minute. take away from the whole night.
>> 55 seconds. 37 years old, younger than the that was a generational change. the messenger was theessage. >> i would say donald trump used a lot of us-them distinctions and democrats have a tendency to fall into the class warair. kennedy because he heralds from his family did the all of us p thembably a better theme for democrats. >> it felt like the hillary clinton 2016 stronger together speech repackaged in this year, and it was not a particularly successful strategy in 2016. it's different now that trump is actually presint, we'll wait and see. >> woodruff: matt schlapp. i give him credit. i think he set up the speh well. i like the enthusiasm. i think it was harshly partisan, i don't think the right way to go, but give him credit. i think he had an exuberant speech. >> i think he hathis barack obamaesque quality, 37 years old, young, reaching out tohe millennials, i think the democrats were doing that and i
think that's important to do. >> woodruff: we want to thank each and every one of you for being here tonight for the president's state ofwehe union. e going to continue to cover this online but for now that aps up our special live coverage for the president's state of the union address and the democrat's response. i want to thank our guests and all of you for joining us. for all of us at the pbsth "newshour"k you, and we'll see you soon. >> this program is made possible by viewers like u. thank you. ptioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc captioned by media access group at bh
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